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Germany - Recycling

Photo credit: Breeze Technologies UG / Anne Gaertner
11/05/2018
A pioneering German air-quality monitoring company has been named one of the EU’s most promising start-ups by the European Parliament. While Breeze’s sensor network solution focuses on being simple to use, it hides complex data-processing technology behind an equally complex problem. Air pollution...
Shoes as a solution to ocean plastic
05/12/2016
German sportswear giant Adidas has set itself the goal of producing 1 million pairs of UltraBOOST Uncaged sports shoes by the end of 2017. It might not sound unusual that Adidas is producing large numbers of sports shoes, but these shoes are different – they are made from plastic recovered from the...
Slovenian company specialises in new windows from old
05/05/2016
A Slovenian company that emerged from a farming cooperative to become a manufacturer of windows is leading a move away from synthetic window frames to a new generation of recyclable frames made from wood and aluminium, which are suitable for passive and low-energy houses and applications. The...
Slovakian company finds profit in auto industry waste
07/10/2014
A Slovakian company is increasingly finding new uses and markets for its innovative product - which is made by recycling a waste stream from the auto industry. The company, Stered PR Krajné Ltd, grew out of a project involving the Textile Technology Institute in Bratislava, the Chemical Fibres...
Clothing project to explore the circular economy for textiles  
18/03/2014
The garment sector is becoming seriously interested in the recycling of textile fibres to make new clothing. A denim-recycling process was developed as long ago as the mid-1990s by Armani. More recently, the collection of old clothing as a raw material for new products has become highly organised...
German start-up offers eco-efficient urban container farming
11/02/2014
A small German eco-innovation company is attracting attention after winning a most-promising start-up award in the "agriculture, water and waste" category at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, a major cleantech innovation event held in Silicon Valley, California, in November 2013. The company,...
Dutch architects call for support for recycled island idea
30/09/2013
A Dutch architectural practice has drawn up the blueprint for a “recycled island” that will make use of waste recovered from the marine environment to construct floating living spaces. The firm, WHIM Architecture, believes that the concept could be useful in low lying countries – such as the...
Waste not, want not
10/12/2012
A Portuguese company has been recognised for its waste management software – an example of how modern technology can make environmental services more efficient. Compta Emerging Business, headquartered in historic Évora in southern-central Portugal, received in September a Green Projects Award...
Incentivised recycling
13/11/2012
A small British company is developing an innovative business model that will encourage the recycling and reuse of domestic appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, in exchange for loyalty points that can be used with up to 300 online retailers. EEESafe, based in Swansea, Wales, is...
Let the train take the strain
14/09/2012
The Dutch railway operator is retrofitting its intercity train fleet to make it more efficient. Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the railway operator in the Netherlands, is improving the environmental performance of 50 of its intercity trains through a retrofitting programme that will be completed...

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